View Full Version : Have you been on a Glider plane?

07-25-2006, 04:16 PM
I am planning to rent a towed glider plane for $50.00/per hour,...

-Is it Fun?
-will the instructor allow you to land the plane?

07-25-2006, 04:16 PM
I am planning to rent a towed glider plane for $50.00/per hour,...

-Is it Fun?
-will the instructor allow you to land the plane?

07-25-2006, 04:19 PM
Yes it was fun, yes he did allow me to keep my hands on the stick and feet on the rudder while he landed it.

Want pics? It was over 20 years ago.

07-25-2006, 04:29 PM
pics pls http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

07-25-2006, 04:35 PM
You bet it is fun!
The instructor will probably land the plane, but it's not unlikely he'll let you fly it a bit after he's comfortable you know a little about flying. You're in for a treat! Let us know how it went will you?

07-25-2006, 04:56 PM
Pics as promised.


The mean machine I flew and trusted my life to.


"My' glider again.


Top two: the airfield that we flew from. Two other gliders that were being kept at the field.


The tow plane. It had a leaking fuel tank the day I was there. (not kidding) It looks just like it does in Il2 when it streams fuel. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

All in all it was great fun... see I am still talking about it.

07-25-2006, 05:06 PM
thats awesome! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif
I am so excited about piloting a real airplane!

Gliders are so easy to land! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

BTW, theres 2 flight surfaces right?
one for you and the instructor?

07-25-2006, 07:29 PM
I fly gliders with my university club (at least, when I have the money).

Yes Top_Gun, it would have dual controls - for you and the instructor.

Gliding is good. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

07-25-2006, 07:37 PM
Dual control front and back in the crate I got a ride in. I was in the front seat... got to pull the big red knob (to release the tow rope - get yer mind out of the gutter!)

Before we took off he asked the group (it was a school outing) if there was anyone over 200 pounds in the group). I didn't want to raise my hand (I though I was going to be disqualified before I got the chance) but I fessed up and raised my hand anyway. I am tall 6'4" so he asked me to slouch down in the front seat so he could see over me to take off.

At this stage my hands and feet were off the controls (takeoff is kind of important). Anyway for take off (remember I was scooted down in the seat) after we started to roll and reached take off speed he yanked back the stick and promptly jammed it in to my nuts! (ouch!) But other than that it was great.

I had my hands and feet on the controls the whole time after takeoff. After a while he asked how I liked it... it was great of course... then he told me that this was good as I was the person flying it at this point and had been for the past 5 minutes.

Landing WAS easy... get it level and down to a few feet of the ground and let her settle in.

In case I was not clear it was FUN FUN FUN! and digging up the pictures for you today has given me the chance to relive the day all over again - so thanks right back at ya. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

07-26-2006, 02:09 AM
thanks for sharing!

it must be awesome to fly and land a plane!

07-26-2006, 04:37 AM
Have I ever been on a glider plane? My dear man, why would I do that?

Have I been IN a glider plane? That's another question altogether. But the answer's still no http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Ask Bremmsy, that man loves his gliding and has a gazillion pics (quite a lot I can tell you!)

07-26-2006, 05:35 AM
Ive been on a Continental DC-10 30 test flight with engines switched off over the North sea... Does that count http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
ps it wasnt fun

regards raven

07-26-2006, 02:43 PM
My buddy has a glider here in PA, i have yet to go up in it because he hasn't went soaring in a while and needs to get his chops back before he takes any passengers. But i will be the first in line when he and I are ready http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

07-26-2006, 02:58 PM
Got my silver height gain on Sunday (pending examination of GPS logger records).

Flew the DG.505 today for an hour. It's an awesome machine. Dialed in 2 knots up on the McCready and found myself flying at 80 knots!

Gliding is awesome; you get much better stick & rudder flying in than in a powered aeroplane, and it's cheaper to boot.

07-26-2006, 03:55 PM
Congrats on your silver height.
Where do you fly from?
Incidentally, it was sturmovik which taught me to fly behind a tow plane - I just imagined that it had a rear gunner and positioned myself accordingly to shoot it down - worked a treat.
Haven't flown gliders for a while - I fly motor-gliders.

07-26-2006, 03:59 PM
Thanks. I fly from Rufforth.

07-27-2006, 05:08 AM
ive tried it too but as i was only 14 i didnt land it.

as im very...how do u say it..well dont know but the word weak will do it.

as im very weak i dont relly like the G effekt so it didnt become the wildest maneuvers

but some of my friends did loops and things...no im not joking. relly in a glider...wild!!!

but its fun and good view from up there